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  • By Pacific Island Times News Staff

Dream the Dream: Les Miserables on Guam

World Theater Productions, in conjunction with Step Up Entertainment & Dance Company, is bringing the world’s longest running musical, Les Misérables, to Guam on Oct. 13, 14 and 15 at the Phoenix Center, Father Duenas Memorial School.

Les Misérables tells of an epic tale of broken dreams, passion and redemption set against a nation in the throes of revolution. Winner of over 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide, it is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit.

This true modern classic is based on Victor Hugo's novel and features one of the most memorable scores of all time.

In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe that Valjean can change his ways.

Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. His world view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean finally attains the peace that he has sought for so long.

The Guam production of Les Misérables School Edition is produced by World Theater Productions (WTP) – Margie (Margarita) Dancel (Executive Producer/ Choreographer), Shelly V. Calvo (Executive Producer), Jojo Urquico (Artistic Director), Maximo Ronquillo, Jr. (Orchestral Director) and Martin Estabillo (Marketing Director) – through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

World Theater Productions was created as a professional platform for artists from around the world to share their talents and experiences within their respective fields to bring education and guidance to aspiring young Guamanian talents.

It aims to enhance the theater production on Guam and hone local talents who are serious in getting into the field of entertainment.

WTP continues to make dreams come true by staging quality Broadway musicals on Guam, fostering local talent - especially our youth - and supporting the Guam Homeless Coalition by raising funding and promoting awareness to aid Guam’s underserved population.

The Guam Homeless Coalition addresses homelessness on Guam through the expansion and implementation of a comprehensive community-based housing delivery system.

Its mission is to empower individuals and families who are homeless and/ or at risk of homelessness to achieve self-sufficiency by providing support through

awarenesss, education and advocacy.


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